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Plans reveal unique Nordic Spa concept for Edmonton

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29 May 2019 (Edmonton, AB) –  A group of home-grown entrepreneurs have revealed plans to build a Scandinavian-style, indoor-outdoor spa facility to be complete by the end of next year. A traditional Nordic spa consists of working up a sweat in a wood-heated sauna, then plunging into a cold water pool, and finally relaxing in an outdoor steam bath.

The ‘Edmonton Nordic Spa’ will be a four-season wellness experience to be built in the heart of the city. The group behind it says it will “complement Edmonton’s landscape, culture, and local way of life”. 

“This will be a world-class, four-season, destination-worthy facility and we’re confident it will be warmly embraced as a regular health and wellness routine for residents of the city and surrounding area,” says Hank Van Weelden, one of the entrepreneurs behind the project and Managing Partner of Edmonton Nordic Spa. 

Heading up a group of Alberta-based investors, Van Weelden and some of his partners are the team behind Alberta’s first Nordic spa west of Calgary; Kananaskis Nordic Spa

Hank Van Weelden

Van Weelden continues: “As we’ve been developing plans with our partners over recent months and discussing how our vision for the facility will come to life, one piece that has become very clear is how we’re all 100% committed to Edmonton Nordic Spa looking and feeling exactly like Edmonton.  It’s got to have an authentic sense of the city at its core, a signature Edmonton experience.  We have always lived and done business here, so this is something that’s really important to us.”

The Nordic Spa practice, as a way of achieving full body and mind relaxation and recuperation, has been growing in popularity across Canada within recent years.  Based on the traditional Scandinavian approach to wellness, it follows the philosophy that moving between hot, warm and cold temperatures has numerous health benefits – known as hydrotherapy. 

The ownership group behind Edmonton Nordic Spa are confident that the increasing appeal of the Nordic Spa experience as wellness therapy as well as it being a relaxing leisure activity, will not only satisfy Edmontonians but will provide a draw into the city that can only benefit the regional economy. 

“We are very excited to have the Edmonton Nordic Spa come to our destination,” says Renee Williams, Director International Market Development, Tourism Edmonton. 

“Edmonton Tourism’s reason for being is to promote our incredible destination, the products and experiences within, to visitors all over the world. Unique and breathtaking experiences like the Edmonton Nordic Spa will help our team sell the destination and inspire year-round travel.”

While the exact location has not been disclosed, plans include a facility spanning two acres and featuring three distinct areas of use: social, silent, and a group gathering space.  There will be a total of eight outdoor pools (hot, warm and cold variations, with waterfall characteristics), steam and sauna rooms, two dining options including a bistro, and several massage therapy treatment rooms – to complement the hydrotherapy experience. 

“We want this to be an experience that is deeply-rooted in its place, to complement the regional landscape.” explains Michael Dub, Principal Architect. “The design of Edmonton Nordic Spa started by thinking about how guests will move around the space.  We took inspiration from the natural water flow and geological river formations along the North Saskatchewan River, and took note of how glacier water meanders down through the mountains and into the prairies. We are actively evoking the natural carvings that water makes into the regional landscape within this concept, to create a feeling of travelling upstream in the space while moving through the hydrotherapy cycle.”

As locally-based architects, well-established and ingrained into the city, Dub embarked on this project as one that needed to feel truly ‘Edmontonian’.

“The team thought a lot about how the Nordic spa practice relates to Canada, and to Edmonton.  For example, we knew it was important to not only have the typical solo / silent areas you’d expect to find in Nordic spa facilities for meditation and relaxation, but also to incorporate a social area for guests to communicate and connect with one another during their time there; we think residents, users and visitors to the heart of the city will enjoy this fusion of wellness and community at Edmonton Nordic Spa”, says Dub.

This understanding of how a tradition that is derived from Scandinavia translates to the rituals and tastes of Canadians is something Managing Partner Van Weelden is particularly passionate about.  As a serial entrepreneur and fan of physical endurance programs, he’s visited many across North America seeking relaxation and respite from both work and demands on his body.

When the opportunity arose to create a Canadian take on the Scandinavian wellness tradition in Kananaskis Country, just one hour west of Calgary, he and his colleagues gladly took on the challenge. They opened the first Nordic Spa in Alberta in Kananaskis in March 2018.

“We’ve seen with immense satisfaction, our first spa project in Kananaskis become a great success – and so warmly welcomed by Albertans,” Van Weelden adds. “We’re a city that has a vibrant, culturally-rich festival summer season, and we all know how long Edmonton’s winters can be. Taking the time to rejuvenate via the hydrotherapy cycle, all while outdoors – whether in the brisk temperatures or basking in the sunshine – is what the Nordic Spa is all about; Alberta was made for this concept”.

The group was encouraged by the enthusiasm of last year’s The Edmonton Project. The idea for a downtown public sauna spa near downtown in the river valley became the “People’s Choice.”  

“We think the city is ready for Edmonton Nordic Spa”, says Van Weelden. It’s time to bring an Edmontonian interpretation of this increasingly trending pastime to our city and start to make the very most of how we spend time within it – during each season.”

Click to learn more about Edmonton Nordic Spa.

View photos from the Kananaskis Nordic Spa. Photo credit Travel Alberta & Mike Seehagel.

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WATCH: The Ranch celebrates 30 years of great golf and fantastic friends

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Prior to 1989, The Ranch Golf and Country Club was a working ranch known as the “Flying Red Wheel Ranch”.  It had an airstrip, now the 11th and 12th fairways, windmill, barns and livestock. It was a productive and well-known operation in the region for many years.

Thirty years ago it became The Ranch Golf and Country Club. Over time, it has evolved into a high-calibre course that has hosted many championship tournaments.   It has become a favourite of many, known for it’s great service, fun atmosphere and excellent layout, stellar condition, and western accents. Watch the video to see how beautiful this course is.

The Ranch is celebrating 30 years of great golf and good friends.

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Unique collection and family ownership makes Reside an amazing choice for outstanding home furniture

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You know that feeling you get when you enter a store for the first time and realize it’s absolutely amazing – and you wonder why you’ve never shopped there before.  Or maybe you stop there often because it’s filled with beautiful and unique items to make your home special.

That store might just be Reside Furnishings.  This family business started in Edmonton in 1978. Known for many years as Leather Elite, Reside was established in 2013 by the Lundgren family in an effort to fill a gap in the Edmonton furniture market – a unique collection of furniture and home decor made with a wide selection of reclaimed and sustainable materials – think solid wood, wrought iron, airplane metal, and other unique, attractive and lasting materials.

“Our relationships are lasting and we’re proud to call our long-time customers family,” says David Lundgren, President Reside Furnishings.  “We decided a long time ago, more than 30 years, in fact, that we would always put our customers first. This philosophy has served us well, and we now have second and third generations of families purchasing from us. Those are relationships we’re extremely proud of.”

Check out some photos of the delights you’ll find when you step into either the Mayfield Road or south side locations.

“We will welcome you into our store the same way we’d welcome guests into our home”, says Lundgren.  “We figure our furniture is going to last a long time, so our relationships should too.”

Have a penchant for the unique and unusual?  Items with ‘character’?  Quality? It makes your beautiful items last a long time, and because many of our products are made with natural materials, you may notice variations in the look of your fine wood, leather, marble or slate products as they gracefully age.  These natural characteristics are what give your furniture ‘soul’.

Come celebrate the difference!

“We stand behind our pricing. We will guarantee our price for 60 days after your purchase. If during that time you notice a change in our regular price on the identical item, we will refund the difference with an in store credit. Our price guarantee does not include any seasonal authorized sales and is subject to managerial approval.”

Here’s how to find Reside Furnishings:

Westend: 10434 Mayfield Road NW (780) 444-7800 SALES@SHOPRESIDE.CA

MON – FRI 10 – 6
SATURDAY – 10 – 5
SUNDAY Noon to 4

South: 2010-101 St. NW (780) 988-3660 SALES@SHOPRESIDE.CA

MON – SAT 10 – 6
SUNDAY Noon – 5

Click the photo below to visit our website and shop online.  We hope to see you soon!

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